MAPLEWOOD, NJ - After a disappointing loss to Morris Knolls on Tuesday, the Roxbury High School baseball team roared back yesterday with a squeaker of a win against Columbia High School.
Always steady on the mound, Gaels starting pitcher Donovan Brady threw until the sixth inning.
Columbia got on the board early with one run in the bottom of the first. But in the fourth inning, Roxbury's Andy Axelson started a rally with a single, then came a double from Will Findlay.
With runners on 3rd and 2nd, Nick Danna got an RBI squeeze with a bunt that brought two runs in for a 2-1 Roxbury lead.
Danna, who relieved Brady on the mound in the sixth, was walked in the next inning. Brian Dachowski bunted and made it to first. A single by Jared Shimenti and a well placed bloop single over the first baseman's head by Brady brought in two more runs, making the game 4-2.
Then, with walks from Mike Roumes and Axelson, bases were loaded. Another walk from Findlay brought in a run, advancing Roxbury's lead to 5-2.
In the bottom of the seventh, Columbia walked its first batter and several hits later the team narrowed the scoreboard gap to 5-4.
Danna got a Colombia batter to pop up for the first out. With bases loaded, the next batter grounder to Roumes who - after a tricky hop - got the ball to Dachowski who got the out at second and immediately fired it to Brady at first for a game-winning double-play.
Roxbury, now 2-1, next plays Friday at Morristown.